A 16-year-old Northern High School student was shot to death and two other teen-agers were wounded last night when a gunman approached them near an East Baltimore alley and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun, police said.
Homicide detectives also were investigating the afternoon discovery of a newborn -- or perhaps stillborn -- infant's body in a Reservoir Hill trash bin.
Killed in the triple shooting was Dennis Briscoe, of the 900 block of N. Broadway.
Young Briscoe was identified by his mother, who arrived at the scene in the 1700 block of E. Eager St. from her home less than two blocks away. The woman nearly collapsed and had to be aided by officers, police said.
The other youths, one 14 and the other 16, and both from the area near the shooting, were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Their names were not divulged.
The younger boy was treated for a gunshot wound of the foot and the other for gunshot wounds to the leg and shoulder. Police said the 14-year-old was listed in good condition and was expected to be released today. The other wounded youth's condition was not immediately available, but he was expected to survive, police said.
Homicide Detective Vernon Holley said the three youths were standing near the alley at 9:15 p.m. and talking when an unknown gunman approached "out of the darkness" and fired at least five shots at close range.
The gunman escaped, leaving behind the three victims.
Scattered on the sidewalk, said Detective Holley, were several shell casings from a large-caliber handgun.
Detective Holley said he knew of no motive for the slaying, but the way the shooting occurred led him to believe it was drug-related.
The dead infant was the second found discarded in the city in less than a week. The decomposing body of a newborn girl, appearing to be no more than two or three days old, was found Thursday in a trash chute at the Lafayette Courts public housing complex in West Baltimore yesterday. Police were awaiting autopsy results on that baby.
In the most recent incident, a Reservoir Hill resident taking out trash shortly before 4:30 p.m. yesterday found the tiny body in brown plastic trash can that had been placed in a bin behind a building in the 700 block of Druid Park Lake Drive.
Police said the body was enclosed in its fetal sac and had the placenta attached. Neither the gender nor extent of development could be determined at the scene.